Luke is the author of this gospel which is named after him. He is also the author of Acts. He was moved by the Holy Spirit to write the account of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. (Luke 1:1-4) He wanted us to “know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.” When you study Luke, please notice a few unusual things about his writing. For example, he tells us more about the virgin birth than the other three gospels. Who else but a physician should tell such a miracle? Luke was a physician. See Colossians 4:14 where Paul called him “the beloved physician.”
Luke went with Paul on two of Paul’s missionary journeys. He was with Paul while he was a prisoner of the Emperor Nero in Rome. Luke’s symbol is a man. His message is that Jesus Christ is the Son of Man.
As you study the Gospel of Luke, you will notice how often Luke records about Jesus visiting those people called “out-casts” by the world. It begins with angels announcing Jesus’ birth to shepherds. The shepherds were considered to have a lowly job, that of caring for sheep. Yet God came to them. (Lk 2:8-20) These shepherds became the first proclaimers of Jesus (Lk 2:17-18). See Luke 4:33-41 for more examples. Then in Luke 5:12 -15 the leper was visited and healed. In Luke 5:18-20 a man with palsy is healed. We are all outcast from God when we are not saved. He comes to us, the outcasts, and brings us into the family of God. We, who were nobody, became somebody when we received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. All because Jesus came to save sinners – “the outcasts.” Please take note of the ones He came to and healed. Many of these were outcast, but He came to them.
As you read this, may the Holy Spirit speak to your heart about the great joy and peace you can have no matter what you may be going through at this present time.
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